VOL. 117 | NO. 43 | Monday, March 3, 2003
Thompson & Baker adds
Thompson & Baker adds
Berry to the letterhead
One of the Mid-Souths leading public relations firms
has added Germantown resident Ralph J. Berry to its name becoming
Thompson, Baker & Berry Public Relations and Public Affairs.
The firm is located at 50 Peabody Place in Downtown Memphis.
Ralphs outstanding work as a senior public relations
practitioner in Memphis and the leadership role he plays in our firm made this
an easy decision, said Randolph Baker, the firms chief executive officer.
Before joining Thompson & Baker as president in 2001,
Berry had been vice president for communications of mimeo.com, based both in
Memphis and New York. Previously, he served as vice president of corporate
communications for Harrahs Entertainment Inc., but chose to remain in Memphis when
the company relocated its corporate headquarters.
Thompson, Baker & Berry is a division of Thompson &
Co., an integrated marketing firm with advertising, direct mail/interactive,
sports marketing and Web-based services.
Miss. builder in line
for leadership role
Home builder Bobby Rayburn, president of Rayburn and
Associates in Jackson, Miss., recently was elected first vice president of the
205,000-member National Association of Home Builders. The election positions
Rayburn to become NAHB president in 2004.
With more than 30 years of experience in the home building
business, Rayburn has developed more than 3,000 single-family and multifamily
housing units, including numerous lots and subdivisions throughout Mississippi.
He has held an array of leadership positions in home builders associations at
the local, state and national level, and has served as chairman of NAHB's
political action committee, known as BUILD-PAC.
National group taps
Archer-Malmo for ads
The National Wood Flooring Association chose Archer-Malmo as its advertising
agency of record. The agency has been the associations public relations
partner for more than 10 years.
Archer-Malmos first duties include consumer research, media
selection and creative production, agency officials said.
Freds Inc. to release
quarter, year earnings
Memphis-based Fred's will broadcast its year-end earnings
conference call on the Web beginning at 9 a.m. March 11.
Results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Feb. 1
will be released before the opening that morning.
Fred's Inc. operates 450 discount general merchandise stores
in the Southeast, including 26 Fred's franchise stores.
A replay of the call will be available through April 11 on
the company's Web site, www.fredsinc.com.
Pilots claim Northwest
seeking cockpit cutbacks
Northwest Airlines Corp. has proposed cutting pilot costs by
37 percent annually through lower wages and benefits, changes in work rules,
and 343 furloughs, a pilots union spokesman said Friday.
Northwest, the No. 4 U.S. air carrier, told pilots that the
proposed cost cuts would total more than $2.7 billion over a six-and-a-half
year contract starting in July about $441.8 million a year, said Capt. Curt
Kruse, a spokesman for the Northwest unit of the Air Line Pilots Association.